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Suspicious of someone snooping through your iPhone? Just do this

If you often leave your iPhone unattended and think someone is snooping on you, here’s how you can find out.

| Updated on: Feb 09 2023, 19:11 IST
The latest iOS 16.3 update for iPhones will transform your experience
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1/6 iOS 16.3 has some amazing new features including the Security Keys for Apple IDs. Apple has introduced the Security Keys feature, which allows you to strengthen the security of your account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process.  ( HT Tech)
2/6 Apple has introduced the Black Unity Wallpaper for iPhones to honour Black history and culture. (Pixabay)
3/6 Advanced-Data Protection will be available globally with the iOS 16.3 update providing you a choice to activate end-to-end encryption for additional apps such as Notes, Photos, Message backups and more. (HT Tech)
4/6 Apart from these, Apple has rolled out support for the recently launched 2nd Gen HomePod. Moreover, the update also fixes several bugs and issues such as the accidental, issue of the horizontal lines on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the black wallpaper bug, and Siri issues in CarPlay have also been addressed. (Unsplash)
5/6 Who is eligible to get the update? Anyone with an eligible iPhone. That means anyone with an iPhone 8 or later will be able to download the iOS 16.3 update. (Unsplash)
6/6 How to install the latest iOS 16 update: Just open Settings and tap General. Now go to the Software Update and check for the latest available update. (Unsplash)
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Protect your iPhone’s data by setting up a passcode. (HT Tech)

Although iPhones are some of the most secure smartphones on the planet, nothing can stop someone from grabbing your iPhone in your absence and spying on your data. If you've got a suspicion on someone who's spying on you through your iPhone, then finding them out is a must. No matter how much one is careful, there are always footprints left behind which can be traced back. That is true even on iPhones. Even if the person snooping through your iPhone is cautious, there are multiple ways you can catch them.

1. Check App Switcher

iPhone's app switcher allows you to quickly switch from one open app to another on your iPhone. When you switch back, you can pick up right where you left off. It lists all the apps which you've recently opened in a chronological order. Thanks to the excellent RAM management in the newer iPhones, most of these stay open. So, you can check the app switcher to know if someone has opened any app on your iPhone after you last accessed it. To check the app switcher, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then pause in the center of the screen. The list of recently opened apps will pop up.

2. Check Screen Time

You can use Screen Time to get information about how you spend time on your iPhone, which apps and websites you use, how often you pick up your device, and more. It can also be used to know if someone is snooping through your iPhone. Go to iPhone's Settings and open Screen Time. Then, tap See All Activity. The summary of your weekly and daily activity will be displayed. For example, if it shows Messages being used on your iPhone at a time when you were away from it, it means someone might be reading your messages behind your back.

What can you do?

For better security and to prevent anyone from snooping through your iPhone behind your back, set a passcode that needs to be entered to unlock the iPhone when you turn it on or wake it. Setting a passcode also turns on data protection, which encrypts your iPhone data with 256-bit AES encryption. You can also set up FaceID and TouchID which require your biometric data to unlock your iPhone.

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First Published Date: 09 Feb, 19:11 IST